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Lawmakers Call For Drone Safeguards

PRIVACY—U.S.

July 20, 2012

House members at an oversight hearing this week said before civilian drones take to the skies, Congress should create safeguards to protect the public’s privacy and prevent hackers from taking control of the aircrafts. The Federal Aviation Administration predicts 10,000 civilian drones will be used in the U.S. within five years, the Associated Press reports. “This is an evolving field and we have thousands of these things that could be deployed up in the sky,” said Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), adding, “I think it’s incumbent on the Department of Homeland Security to come up with a policy…Local law enforcement does need that guidance.”
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